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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
68
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3,997 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 3,997
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 200 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.74% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 Pabst Blue Ribbon - Reviewed 2/17/2013

Unheard of to the my branch of the hipster nation, this format of PBR (40oz bottle) flows freely in the mythical land of "Richmonde".

Pabst Blue Ribbon, first brewed in 1844, dominated the beer market for almost a century. Its appeal to the blue collar workers of this great nation made it a household name for generations of true Americans. After hitting a slump in the 80's and 90's, the brand was revived by skinny men in tight shorts who date white women with dreadlocks. Today, Blue Ribbon is one of the most recognizable and most accessible names in the cheap beer industry.

Appearance:
When approaching a 40oz bottle of beer, a connoisseur will grade the vessel based of the 3 C's: Color, Connectivity, and Completeness. The classic Blue Ribbon label beautifully adorns the 40. While the color palate may be unimaginative, I can never give the Red, White, and Blue any thing less than a perfect score. Color: 10/10- would 'merica again. The label is well connected to the bottle with the same glue that holds american families together. The left-hand side of the obverse label is a bit ragged with a 1/4 inch separation on the bottom corner. Connectivity: 7.5/10 well adjusted and firm on the right, loose and ragged on the left side. Thanks Obama. This particular 40 is a shining example of a complete label. With just a few tears on the leftern edge, I do believe that this label is quite nearly complete. Completeness: 9/10. The dark brown bottle hides what may lie inside. Does a pale cheap beer reside within, or is it the spirit of irony that drives the hipsters to achieve their goals?

Smell:
The bottle cap releases with a defining "crack," releasing the sweet odors trapped within. A Sweet floral aroma greets the tasteful drinker inviting another whiff. Astringent notes clear the sinuses and prepare you to imbibe. Take a sniff, smells life old stock freedom.

Taste:
PBR's unparalleled flavor is perfectly preambled by its scent. Light and flavorful, notable bittering hops compliment the adjunct malts. Notes of floral hops, cream, roastiness, bread, and just a hint of barnyard cat seductively beckon for closer analysis. This beer is the pinnacle of hipster indulgence, and for good reason.

Mouthfeel:
PBR is light and crisp on the tongue, very similar to a fresh craft brew-- after being digested and peed out by Dennis Hopper on the set of Blue Velvet. Does that sound like an enjoyable evening? You be the judge. PBR is not light enough to be confused for a light beer, but not heavy enough to overpower any meal that you might enjoy with it.

Overall:
All kidding aside, Pabst Blue ribbon is a great american lager. Enjoy with a rib-eye steak with garlic whipped potatoes, or with waffle house hash browns (smothered and covered) and an American Spirit cigarette. Beware, the sound of a PBR cracking summons hipsters from miles around, but will also earn you the respect of any man over 60 who has ever worked in a steel factory. And Clint Eastwoood. So grab yourself a PBR, and don’t look back. You may be listening to vinyl records on your portable turntable at a Starbucks in a few months, but then again, you might just be taking in a part of American history. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

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This was probably my first beer. I hated it and it made me stay away from beer for several years. Now that I've developed my taste a bit, I've decided to revisit this one and see if it was really as bad as I remember.

a - medium gold bodied with a pure white head that dissipates after a few minutes.

s - Sweet malts, syrup, just kind of smells like general baked goods.

t - starts sweet, has a corn like bite that I don't like. Strong linger.

m - not much there

o - well not as bad as I remembered it, but still lacks character and fullness, and has a weird aftertaste to it.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 3,997 ratings.